Tech Trek Science and Math Camp for Girls

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Tech Trek is a week-long science and math camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall. It features hands-on activities in math, science, and related fields. In normal years, the camp is held on the Stanford University campus.  Due to CoVid restrictions, the 2021 summer camp will be virtual.

Since the first camp at Stanford in 1998, AAUW-OML has sent 100 Lamorinda middle school girls to Tech Trek camp. In 2021, the Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette Branch is providing scholarships for 17 girls.

Virtual Tech Trek Camp in 2021

This week-long camp is centered on a morning project-based robotics, engineering, coding class that meets daily and results in a personalized creation by week’s end. After lunch, the campers hear from inspirational women for an hour, then participate in one or more 90-minute hands-on or interactive science, technology, engineering, and math workshops to encourage fun while learning.  They can return for evening workshops with girls from another country or social activities.

In 2021, three Monday-Friday weeks are currently scheduled:
June 21-25
July 12-16
July 26-30

Each camp will serve approximately 300 campers from all over California.

All girls attend Tech Trek camp on scholarships provided by AAUW branches, working with participating middle schools in their area. Seventh grade science and/or math teachers at these schools recommend prospective candidates who then go through an extensive qualification process that includes an application, a written essay and a personal interview. Camp curriculum is targeted specifically at girls entering 8th grade.

The AAUW Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette Branch selects seventh grade girls who attend the three public intermediate schools – Orinda Intermediate School in Orinda, Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in Moraga, and Stanley Middle School in Lafayette.  Girls who are invited to apply for the scholarships must be nominated by their teachers.  Parents or girls may not nominate themselves or pay for the camp.

Each teacher is asked to nominate two or three girls from their math, science, electronics, robotics or computer classes, based on the following nomination criteria:

Interest in Math and Science

  • Be passionate about math or science and be motivated to learn
  • Have active listening skills
  • Should have at least a B grade, but does not need to be the top student
  • Be likely to benefit from this experience
  • May have limited access to programs such as these

Academic Habits

  • Show an interest in learning new things
  • Follow directions
  • Participate in class discussions and is eager to learn
  • Work well in group situations
  • Show patience and persistence in task completion

Character

  • Show respect for, and cooperate with, teachers and other students
  • Exhibit self-control with exemplary behavior
  • Demonstrate responsibility and honesty
  • Have confidence and willingness to try a challenging task

Girls who are nominated by their teachers are invited to submit an application and written essay for consideration by a team of AAUW-OML Branch members who conduct personal interviews with all applicants.  All nominated girls who apply are eligible regardless of their disability, ethnicity, gender identity, national origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

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Tech Trek Girls Selected to Attend Stanford Tech Trek Camp in the Summer of 2019

What should Tech Trek look like in the future?    There is a team of people reviewing a survey of state leaders, camp directors, branch coordinators and treasurers with the goal of reimagining Tech Trek camps.  CLICK HERE to view the survey results.

The Tech Trek Mission

Studies have shown that 68% of both boys and girls in fourth grade are naturally interested in science. But by eighth grade, this interest has dropped dramatically, especially for the girls.

That is why we feel it is important to support girls interested in science during the middle school years and to expose them to the careers available to women in science today. Many former Tech Trekkers, now in college or working, have told us that Tech Trek was one of the most influential personal or academic experiences of their middle school years. AAUW-CA research has shown that many Tech Trekkers have continued their studies in science and medicine in college, and the early campers are now pursuing their career goals in the STEM fields.

Tech Trek Girls Thank AAUW-OML

“To me, Tech Trek is amazing at providing the education necessary to inspire girls who wish to pursue STEM interests and possibly careers.  Tech Trek not only teaches science and math in interactive and interesting way, it teaches life lessons and gives once-of-a lifetime experience.”

“Thank you for giving me the chance to deepen my knowledge of STEM.  Over the last week I have explored what women can do, reaching out into areas from tech to structures.”

“Overall, this experience is one I will remember and take with me my whole life.  I could have never had this much growth and new information without this amazing program!”

“I have learned so much in just a few days… Listening to different women talk about their careers was a totally empowering experience, because it made me believe that I could make my dreams come true, too…

Please Donate to Support Scholarships to Tech Trek

Please Donate to Support Scholarships to Tech Trek Camp.

You can donate by:

  • Sending a check with your donation to the Branch treasurer.  Donations should be made out to the AAUW OML Community Outreach Fund. Please write “Tech Trek” on the memo line of the check.    Send your check to:  Peggy Cabiness, AAUW OML Treasurer, 743 Crossbrook Drive, Moraga, CA  94556
  • Making your donation on-line with your credit card at the following link:

https://oml-ca.aauw.net/tech-trek/

Donations made to Tech Trek as part of the AAUW OML Community Outreach Fund are tax-deductible.  The Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, EIN 38-3837745.

Thank you for supporting these outstanding young women and fostering their knowledge and confidence to pursue their interest in STEM!

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Questions?

Tech Trek Girls Thank AAUW-OML

The Tech Trek girls had many “hands on” experiences at the Stanford Camp. The thank you notes sent by the OML Tech Trekkers are wonderful examples of the enthusiasm these girls have for science and math. A few brief sample comments from their detailed thank you letters follow:

  • “In the future, I plan on joining the STEM related clubs at my school. If it weren’t for Tech Trek, I would have been hesitant of joining, since there aren’t many girls. I just want to thank you again for all you have done. I really appreciate it.”
  • “Going to Tech Trek meant the world to me because it was exactly what I needed at the moment, a boost in learning about STEM professions, subjects, and teachers. I had so much fun at this camp and was exposed to many new ideas: robotics, professional women’s night, stargazing, the veterinarian presentation, Stanford blood lab for forensics…”
  • “This experience was life changing and meant a lot for me. I love how it focuses on young women who are passionate about science…after hearing about other women in STEM, I hope to pursue a career in these fields.”
  • “I probably had the best week in my life! My favorite activity was robotics. I really enjoyed it because we had the freedom to do programming any way we wanted to. Tech Trek will affect me in the future in many ways…When I am older I will definitely want a job that has to do with science…. I love Tech Trek!”
  • “Tech Trek is just so eye-opening and inspiring… The robotics class was taught very well, and I see myself trying and experimenting with robotics in the future. Thank you so much… It has changed my life in wonderful ways.”
  • “I have learned so much in just a few days… Listening to different women talk about their careers was a totally empowering experience, because it made me believe that I could make my dreams come true, too… Tech Trek has inspired me to want to go to Stanford after I graduate from high school. It is a tough college to get into, but Tech Trek has taught me the lesson that if you work hard enough for something, you will get it. I also plan to return as a junior or senior counselor… I truly appreciate the chance you have granted me and everyone at Tech Trek.”